Thursday, July 03, 2014

Chicco Chariot

Here was a li'l 3-color (navy blue, silver, fluorescent lime) print I made for a print exchange with my pal Ken Wood and his printmaking students at St. Louis Community College Meramec. The theme of the exchange was "The Fool's Journey" and everyone was to contribute a (possibly very loose) interpration of a tarot card. The day I had to come up with an idea I was assembling a stroller/car seat combo for my future (now present) son...
 and was inspired to take on the classic seventh card of the Major Arcana, The Chariot.
Here were some sketches:
Here was the drawing:
Final 3-color vector art:
Each artist also had to submit a silhouette pertinent to their image...
... for use on the fancy box that Ken and his awesome students designed and printed:
Oh, and these were the cool backs of each card:
See you out there on the beaten path! If you're moving slow, stay to the right.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Lux Aeterna

Here are four little paintings I did last spring for an art show at the Christ Church Cathedral in Louisville called Lux Aeterna. "Sections of hand-painted advertising signs, found on the underside of shelves, pulled from a rotting bookshelf in a St. Louis alley, restored Winter 2013" medium: Found Plywood Objects, with acrylic, gold leaf and lacquer"
Notebook sketches:


Vector sketches:
Printed out and traced on to panels:
These artifacts, bits of larger signage sawed into reusable scrap sometime mid-century, were never meant to last. Originally meant to advertise a carnival sideshow act (See! Iris the Pop-eye Girl), a science fiction space travel tale, a new lightbulb for sale (DELUXE), and a kids' novelty toy, they were never meant to be art either. They promised escape from normalcy, boredom, darkness, and opacity but really sought the escape of money from your pocket. Rather than provide eternal light, they strive for temporary delight. They probably did the trick.

RFT Music Showcase 2014

The St. Louis Egotist did this nice write-up on my art for this year's RFT Music Showcase. Check it out for the usual sketches and process stuff.

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Friday, May 16, 2014

Stork Rocket Launch Report




Here are the results of last weekend's Mother's Day Missilefits Launch and some pictures of my rocket. You can see I started with a sketch of a Giant-Baby-Head idea (perhaps too similar to my previous Flying Skull Rocket), and eventually switched to a more aerodynamic Stork-Birth model:

The above picture was taken directly before the first launch, the below after.


I've got a few more fresh baby's in the chamber ready for next launch.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Night of the Budweisers! History's Best Bowling Team Screenprint

Here's a new print I made commemorating the best bowling team of all time, St. Louis' Budweisers, and their record-setting high-scoring night Wednesday March 12, 1958.
I wanted to capture as many details from that night as possible -- folksy details, statistical data, relevant logos, bowling marks, cool haircuts etc. -- into the image. Here were some sketches and reference:
Photos of Floriss Lanes (then & now), the North St. Louis bowling alley where it all took place:
The front page of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch sports section the day after, Thursday March 13, 1958. (Thanks to the folks in the SLPL microfiche room for helping me find this):
Final Sketch:
Line art:
Color separations:
A big inspiration to the poster (and my own personal technique) is Budweiser Lead-off bowler Don Carter, specifically this classic book, concisely written by Carter and beautifully illustrated / diagrammed by Anthony Ravielli:
Another big inspiration, which I watched over and over while drawing, were these videos of the Buds' anchor man Dick Weber bowling on 53rd Street outside the David Letterman show. Make sure you stick around to see Dick put a perfect pocket hit on an aquarium full of cottage cheese:

Last night in our Monday Night 'Fun' League, The Handsome Brothers (my team) needed some extra oomph against Team Pancakes so we unfurled one of these prints on the table, was careful not to spill any Bud Light or Schlafly Hefeweizen on it...
...and bowled a league high game 848!

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Cut-Away Comics! #2

Finally, the follow-up to last years ornithological cliffhanger Cut-away Comics! #1. It's issue #2, and is available now in beautiful one-color black risograph ink courtesy of the fine folks at OILY Comics.
Here were some sketches / thumbnails:

The issue chronicles the further adventures of our hero John James Audubon as he attempts to learn more about some birds who live in a tree. Can you feel the excitement?!?
The issue is probably the 12 most dense mini-comics pages you'll digest all year. Get into it!!!